Charcoal Drawing Tutorials

Charcoal Drawing Tutorials

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All of the tutorials on this page involve charcoal drawing.  Charcoal is burnt organic material, usually wood.  It comes in many different forms including pencils and sticks.  Softer charcoals are called vine charcoal, while harder varieties are called compressed charcoals.  Most charcoal is black although some manufacturers add white pigment to create white compressed charcoal.  Vine charcoal typically makes lighter marks that are easy to erase, while compressed charcoals make darker marks that are harder to erase. 

Charcoal can be used on many different surfaces.  Charcoal is sometimes used when making a preliminary drawing for an oil painting on canvas or panel.  For finished drawings, charcoal is typically used on textured drawing papers.     Take a look at the tutorials below to improve your charcoal drawing techniques.

CHARCOAL DRAWING LESSONS

Powdered Charcoal - Portrait SketchPowdered Charcoal - Portrait Sketch
Learn how to tone paper with powdered charcoal and draw a portrait sketch with traditonal charcoal.
Free Drawing Lessons- SkullCharcoal Drawing Techniques, Skull
Learn charcoal drawing techniques and how to draw a skull in this free drawing lesson video.
Toning Paper with Powdered Charcoal - Full Length Video (1:01:27)
Learn how to tone paper to create a portrait sketch using powdered charcoal in this recorded live lesson. Members Only Become a member
Charcoal Still Life DrawingCharcoal Still Life Excerpts
Draw a still life using white and black charcoal on gray paper in this tutorial that features excerpts from a 1 hour live tutorial.
Charcoal Still Life DrawingCharcoal Still Life - Full Lesson (1:06:02)
Full 1 hour live demonstration on using white and black charcoal to draw a still life. Members Only Become a member
How to draw a realistic eye with charcoalHow to Draw a Realistic Eye with Charcoal
Learn how to draw a realistic eye using vine and compressed charcoal on gray drawing paper.
How to draw a realistic eye with charcoalHow to Draw a Realistic Eye with Charcoal - Full Length Video (1:03:37)
Watch and learn how to draw a realistic eye using charcoal in this full length video tutorial. Members Only Become a member
How to draw a realistic mouth with charcoalHow to Draw a Realistic Mouth with Charcoal
Learn how to draw a realistic mouth using vine and compressed charcoal on gray drawing paper.
How to draw a realistic mouth with charcoalHow to Draw a Realistic Mouth with Charcoal - Full Length Video (56:00)
Watch and learn how to draw a realistic mouth with black and white charcoal on gray paper in this full length video. Members Only Become a member
Free drawing lesson-white on blackDraw with White Media on Black Paper
Learn how to draw with white media on black paper in this drawing lesson.
How to Draw DraperyHow to Draw Drapery with Conte - Full Length Video (59:17)
Learn how to draw cloth or drapery in this recorded live lesson. Members Only Become a member
White charcoal drawing of an elephantWhite Charcoal Time Lapse of an Elephant
Time lapse of a white charcoal drawing of an elephant.
White charcoal drawing of an elephantWhite Charcoal on Black Paper - Full Length Video (59:10)
Learn how to draw with white charcoal on black paper in this full length video. Members Only Become a member
White Charcoal on Black PaperChiaroscuro - Full Length Video (59:10)
Create dramatic light with white charcoal in this recorded live lesson. Members Only Become a member
The Secrets to Drawing Basic Drawing TechniquesThe Secrets to Drawing- Basic Drawing Techniques
Learn the secrets to drawing in this members only video series- Part 10 Premium Video
The Secrets to Drawing CharcoalThe Secrets to Drawing- Charcoal
Learn the secrets to drawing in this members only video series- Part 15 Premium Video
Sketch with China Drawing LessonSketch Cleanly with a China Marker
See how it easy it is to sketch cleanly with a china marker in this drawing lesson
Conte Landscape DrawingConté Landscape Drawing
Landscape Drawing demonstration using black and white conté - excerpts from a live lesson.
Conte Landscape DrawingConté Landscape Drawing - Full Length Video (56:54)
Watch and learn how to draw a landscape using conte in this full length video demonstration.
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Highlight Rendering Drawing lessonHighlight Rendering
Learn how to use the eraser to create a drawing in this free drawing lesson video.
How to Draw a Rose with CharcoalHow to Draw a Rose with Charcoal
Learn how to draw a rose with charcoal by using the eraser to erase out highlights.
How to Draw a Rose with CharcoalHow to Draw a Rose with Charcoal - Full Length Video (59:25)
Watch and learn how to draw using mostly the eraser to create a rendering of a rose in this full length video demonstration. Members Only Become a member
how-to-draw-water-calm-wavesHow to Draw Water- Calm Waves
Learn how to draw water with calm waves in this free video demonstration.
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